"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
- Albert Einstein
Biophilic design defines nature into building spaces and helps to contribute to the well-being of occupants. By accessing the views of nature, and using building materials and features that both define and respect the surrounding ecosystem, architects are able to create spaces that describe our innate attraction to the environment. In schools that incorporate biophilic design principles, cognitive function improves; for hospitals, recovery rates improve and in offices, productivity rates increase.
We can't deny that humans have an instinctual connection to nature, this makes sense how we feel better when spaces reflect the characteristics of nature or any outdoor environment, views, and even access to beautifully landscaped areas, plants, and/or water features.
Nature-inspired design spaces will re-energies you, boost your productivity, and improve your overall well-being. Here are some ways to incorporate nature into your design.
Vernacular architecture is the technique of building structure according to the needs of the man. Use of materials in vernacular style is locally available, they are low-cost structures too. By incorporating common natural building materials and methods such as cob, adobe, straw bale, rammed earth, wattle, and daub, wood, bamboo and brick, humans integrate their sheltered living spaces with local ecology.
What about flora?
Plants actually filter the harmful chemicals and toxins which are already in the air. For building occupants, green spaces have their own value, and even the building itself stands to benefit. Greenery in designed spaces has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety too. It can be done in a variety of ways and on a variety of scales, from houseplants and herb gardens to living walls and green roofs; the possibilities are limitless. Plants help in a number of ways such as reducing energy usage extending roof lives and moderating temperatures in hot spots. Even for building occupants, plants provide fresh vegetables.
Biomaterials are DURABLE-
Building material signifies structural existence. It describes the aesthetic sense of a design, and hence, signifies the practicability of the structure. Natural materials such as wood, laminates, bamboo, stone, and so on, have a lower quantity of embodied energy than conventional building materials, which means that less energy (from fossil fuels) was required for their production. They are also better as far as the health of occupiers. Usage of these materials to your design and its elements embraces the natural imperfections, also enhances the uniqueness, beauty, and character of each piece, and offers the warmth of nature and natural landscapes.
Daylight is the main factor-
Emphasize natural light through the installation of larger windows and doors, adding skylights, placing glass blocks, and so on, you can create a space that feels much larger and more comfortable. For Building occupants, access to natural light is a needed thing. It needs a decent amount of sunlight, neither excess light nor less. Uncomfortable glare occurs due to excess light and lack of daylight creates another problem. For the building design in order to optimize daylight how Sun shading devices, orientation, and window to wall ratios should all be considered?
To connect users of a space to nature, Materials and finishes play a huge role. Mainly All finishes reflect nature, whether it be in natural paint colors, scenic murals, carpet material or pattern, wall panels with etched images of nature, or natural wood casework. The use of natural fabrics creates a series of organic patterns with calming colors and natural textiles which reflects nature’s soothing properties giving a sense of calm. They are also more breathable, thermos regulating can purify the air indoors.
if you are involved in designing and designing with incorporated nature in it, it helps to reduce stress, blood pressure levels, and heart rates while increasing productivity, creativity, and an overall sense of well-being. There are many other methods or ways to connect your design with nature. It’s just our imagination and innovative minds to produce the best designs and methods.